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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fundamentalists Including Ayatollah's - Clergies The Enemies of High Speed internet in Iran !

Will Iranian People Let these Ayatollah or Clergies make decision on their behalf  or call the government and the ministers as a public officers to listen to them and fulfill their need and serve them well !!???

Although Iran has one of the lowest internet speed even lower than Dubai ,South Korea and...and Iranian people suffer most from this , yet the fundamentalist forces including ayatollahs and clergies in their prayers issues Fatwa against high speed internet and call the communication minister to lower the internet speed and for more control .

Recently Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi told Mr. Vaezi the communication minister to lower the internet speed for moral reason and the minister in response have assured ayatollah he won't allow it happen.

Link:
https://tech.khodnevis.org/article/59862#.U_y_VrxdUVc


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08/08/2014 Press Releases

UN rights experts condemn the recent wave of arrest and sentencing of civil society actors

 


GENEVA (8 August 2014) – United Nations human rights experts* today expressed grave concern over the recent escalating trend of arrest and sentencing of individuals exercising their rights to freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly and association.
Since 22 May 2014, at least 36 individuals that include journalists, bloggers, filmmakers and authors, many of whom are also human rights activists, have been arrested summoned or sentenced in connection with their journalistic activities or for simply expressing their opinion on social media websites. Some of them have also been charged for ‘gathering and colluding against national security’ following their participation in peaceful assemblies.
“Convicting individuals for expressing their opinion is absolutely unacceptable,” the experts stressed. “Freedom of expression and opinion is necessary for the realization of all human rights, and it is a right reserved for all individuals, even if that individual expresses an opinion with which the Government disagrees.”
A number of these cases include situations where persons are held in solitary confinement or unknown locations and for unknown charges. Many of the trials were allegedly riddled with procedural irregularities, including deprivation of legal representation and exclusion from attending one’s own sentencing.
These individuals have been sentenced from six-month to over twenty-year prison terms. Furthermore, at least one individual who was sentenced to 50 lashings and another sentenced to death.
“The imposition of sentences in conjunction with unfair trial and lack of due process, on charges that do not warrant death or lengthy prison terms, constitutes a dismal violation of international human rights law,” the independent experts noted.
Iranian author Mr. Arzhang Davoodi was recently sentenced to death on the charge of ‘Moharebeh’ (enmity against God), in connection with his alleged membership and support to an Iranian dissident group, an allegation based on a comment he made about the group. Neither he, nor his attorney was reportedly present during the trial.
“It is completely unacceptable that an individual be sentenced to death on charge of Moharebeh for merely speaking one’s opinion,” the UN human rights experts said.
“Not only is this a blatant violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it also breaches the country’s own Islamic Penal Code, which reserves the death penalty only for those who have actively taken up arms.”
The human rights experts stressed that “such extreme convictions are simply intolerable and must be overturned.”
On 22 July 2014, Jason Rezaian, a reporter with the Washington Post, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the United Arab Emirates newspaper The National, were arrested, along with an unidentified American-Iranian photo journalist and her husband. Mr. Rezaian and Ms. Salehi are reportedly held in unknown locations.
“These cases exemplify the alarming negative trend taking place in Iran. Individuals and journalists exercising their right to freedom of expression and opinion must be protected, not arrested and prosecuted,” they noted.
“This behavior strengthens our belief that the motive behind these cases is to solely suppress the freedoms protected by national and international law,” they said, stressing that it also goes against the pledges and commitments made by senior Government officials to decrease restrictions on freedom of expression as well as increase the security of the press.
The experts reminded the authorities of their obligations under international human rights law, which guarantees the rights to hold opinions, assemble peacefully and associate freely, without interference.
“We urge the Iranian Government to “immediately and unconditionally release all individuals held in connection with their exercise of freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association, and those charged for carrying out their legitimate activities as journalists,” they concluded.
(*) The experts: The Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Mads Andenas, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns; the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst.
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Alert..........Alert.......Political Prisoner Arjang Dawoodi's Life in Great Danger !

Focusing on Iranian Political Prisoner  Arjang Dawoodi's Case !!

Arjang Dawoodi is an Iranian political prisoner ,he had spend 12 years of his life in different prisons , He is now at ward 12 of  Gohardasht - Karaj prison. He is being sentenced to death for carrying political activities inside the prison. Regime sentences political prisoners to death because of their political activities inside the prison , no one knows what it means , perhaps regime is trying to intimidate other political prisoners to "behave " ???!!! And that scares all human rights advocates around the world.
An Iranian in Tehran Writes on the wall No to the execution of Arjang Dawoodi 
In the past Mr. Dawoodi  was under intense interrogation and torture and several times he went on hunger strike .
Don't Let Islamic Regime in Iran Hang Arjang Dawwodi !
Link:
http://www.mojahedin.org/news/142218
http://www.balatarin.com/topic/2014/8/26/1015107

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Islamic Regime in Iran & Opportunity for the Growth of Iranian Fundamentalist Isis Style .....


The Islamic regime in Iran is creating a golden opportunity only for  Islamic fundamentalist Isis style in Iran while making it hard for Islamic reformists in Iran to breath . Like the Monarchy regime before the revolution which gave opportunity to Islamic groups only in Iran by letting the Islamic group have their prayer and gatherings and denying any opportunity to progressive and democratic Iranian political groups.
It was reported that recently a man ( named as M. N ) in the town of Abarkuh in the Yazd province was sentenced to  a year in prison and some fine as well as losing fingers of hand for robberies and fraud . This mans fingers were cut off in public by Guillotine.  
These kinds of act by Islamic regime in Iran will only feed to the growth of Islamic fundamentalists in Iran and its responsibilities lay only on Khamenei and his regime.
Link:
http://www.roozonline.com/persian/news/newsitem/article/-9778f1ff0a.html

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Iranian Workers protest for The Arrest of their Colleaguegues and Islamic Regime Sends Its Anti Riot Police !

Workers of Iron Ore Mine in "Bafgh" region protested when the Islamic regime arrested two of their colleagues and planned to arrest 16 other workers .

There are more than 5000 workers working in Bafgh Iron Ore Mine. Earlier the workers left their job for 39 days because of the management plan to privatize the mine . The two workers who are arrested are : Amir Hosein Kargaran and Ali Sabri.
One worker who didn't want to be named said: "Regime sent riot forces to arrest 16 other workers who are currently among workers in the mine to escape persecution and one of them Hosein Tashakori is the president of Bafgh City Council. 
According to this person , these 18 workers are under arrest because of a complaint sent by employer.
The Bafgh Iron Ore workers left their job since Tuesday in protest to a broken promises earlier made by police chief not to arrest the workers and keep his promises .
Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=61922


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For Immediate Release



Iran: Dozens Unlawfully Held in City’s Prisons
Others Imprisoned on Suspect Charges, Trials

(Beirut, August 19, 2014) – Several dozen prisoners in a northern city are serving prison terms for exercising their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Iranian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners, Human Rights Watch said.

The 59-page report, “Locked Up in Karaj: Spotlight on Political Prisoners in One Iranian City,” is based on a review of 189 cases in three prisons in the city of Karaj, near the capital, Tehran, including the charges they faced, details of their trials before revolutionary courts, and information from lawyers, prisoners’ families, and others. Human Rights Watch concluded that in 63 of these cases, authorities had arrested the prisoners, and revolutionary courts had convicted and sentenced them, solely because they exercised fundamental rights such as free speech and rights to peaceful assembly or association. In dozens of other cases, including 35 prisoners sentenced to death on death row for terrorism-related offences, Human Rights Watch suspects egregious due process violations that may have tainted the judicial process.

“The election of a new, avowedly moderate president a year ago raised hopes that many of Iran’s political prisoners would soon walk free, but many remain behind bars,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The lion’s share of responsibility for releasing these prisoners rests with the judiciary, but President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet should be doing more to press for their release.”

The political prisoners include members of the political opposition, bloggers and journalists, a lawyer, and labor and religious minority rights activists. They are serving prison sentences on vague and sweeping charges for acts that Iran’s judiciary claims threaten the country’s national security, and are among several hundred political prisoners detained in prisons throughout Iran, according to reports released by UN rights experts.

Human Rights Watch asked the head of the Iranian judiciary in May for information on the cases of 175 prisoners, most of whom are covered in this report, including details of the charges and any evidence against them. The judiciary has not responded.

Most of the political prisoners are in one ward of Rajai Shahr prison, also known as Gohardasht prison, including 33 members of the beleaguered Baha’i community, Iran’s largest non-Muslim minority. They include five Baha’i leaders serving sentences of up to 20 years on charges that included spying, “insulting religious sanctities,” and “spreading corruption on earth,” all arising from their peaceful activities as Baha’i leaders.

At least 11 other Baha’is held in the same prison ward are faculty members and administrators affiliated with the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education, an alternative university created in 1987 for Baha’is that the government had excluded from state university education. The Baha’i International Community says that as of May 2014, 136 Baha’is were in Iranian prisons solely on religious grounds.

Karaj prison authorities are also holding two Christian pastors and two Christian converts. One of the pastors, Saeed Abedini, is serving an eight-year sentence for “intent to endanger the national security” by establishing and running home churches, his wife, Naghmeh Abedini, told Human Rights Watch.

Masoud Bastani, one of nine journalists and bloggers unlawfully imprisoned in Karaj, worked for the Jomhuriyat news website before his arrest in July 2009. Mahsa Amrabadi, his wife, also a journalist, said her husband was sentenced to six years in prison for “propaganda against the state” and “assembly and collusion against the national security.”

Human Rights Watch identified seven rights defenders and a veteran human rights lawyer among those in Rajai Shahr prison. The human rights lawyer, Mohammad Seifzadeh, 67, cofounded the Defenders of Human Rights Center with Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel Peace laureate, and other lawyers. An initial sentence of nine years was reduced to two, but six more years were added after he wrote letters and signed statements critical of the government while in prison, Ebadi told Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch also identified 126 prisoners convicted of more serious crimes, some on death row for terrorism-related offenses, whom the authorities may have targeted for their peaceful activities. While Human Rights Watch was unable to obtain sufficient information to refute the authorities’ accusations in many cases, it documented egregious due process violations in some of their cases, calling into question the legitimacy of the convictions.

One of them, Mohammad Ali (Pirouz) Mansouri, is serving 17 years for supporting the outlawed Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK), an opposition group that the Iranian government considers a terrorist organization, his daughter, Masoumeh Mansouri, said. She told Human Rights Watch that a revolutionary court convicted her father of moharebeh, “enmity against God,” which can incur the death sentence, and “insulting the Supreme Leader” after two short court sessions.” The court referred to Mansouri’s visit to Camp Ashraf in Iraq, where members of the group lived in exile for years, to visit his wife and sisters, and his attending a 2007 speech at a ceremony at Khavaran cemetery in Tehran commemorating the 1988 execution of thousands of prisoners, many of them MEK members, as evidence of his guilt, she said.

Many others among the 126 describe themselves as Sunni activists or “missionaries” who support a strict, literalist interpretation of Sunni Islam. Most are from Iran’s Kurdish or Baluch minorities but others are foreign nationals, according to a source familiar with their cases. The authorities say that some participated in armed activities, including assassination attempts and murders, and that others assisted armed groups or threatened Iran’s security by other means.

Thirty-five of the 126 prisoners are on death row and at imminent risk of execution, Human Rights Watch said. Many are believed to have been held for weeks or months at Intelligence Ministry detention facilities, and tortured or otherwise ill-treated, several sources familiar with some of the cases told Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch has closely reviewed the cases of several of these men, including Zaniar and Loghman Moradi, Hamed Ahmadi, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshid Dehghani, and Kamal Molaei, who are all accused of terrorism-related activities on behalf of opposition groups, but deny the charges and allege, in vivid detail, that security and intelligence forces subjected them to months of incommunicado detention and torture to secure coerced confessions from them.

On June 12, Human Rights Watch and 17 other rights organizations asked the Iranian government to halt the executions of the listed prisoners in Karaj prisons, and impose an immediate moratorium on all executions.

At least one of the prisoners on death row, Barzan Nasrollazadeh, is believed to have been under18 at the time of his alleged crime. International law, including under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Iran is a party, prohibits the execution of offenders who were under 18 at the time of their alleged crime.

“President Rouhani should speak out clearly for an immediate moratorium on executions given the serious doubts about the fairness of revolutionary courts trials,” Stork said. “And Iran needs to release anyone being held for exercising their legal rights.”

“Locked Up in Karaj: Spotlight on Political Prisoners in One Iranian City” is available at:
http://hrw.org/node/126098

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Iran, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/middle-eastn-africa/iran

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Monday, August 18, 2014

On Sunday at least 10 prisoners were Killed in Ghazal-Hesar Prison !


According to a report by Herana ( Human Rights Activist Group in Iran) on Sunday August 17 , at least 10 prisoners were killed in Ghazal-Hesar prison. This happened when judiciary and prison officials decided to transfer 14 prisoners from the Ward one and two of the prison for execution,when the guards were transferring the prisoners for execution , clashes began between prisoners and guards and the guards used weapon and as a result 10 prisoners were killed and few wounded.
There are no news about the exact number of those killed in this new round of unrest in prison.
Other Prisoners inside the prison and their family's outside the prison staged protest against these barbaric act against prisoners.
Link:
http://persiannewsnetwork.com/content/



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Islamic Regime in Iran Arrested Several Iranian Arab from the City of Ahwaz !


According to news several Iranian Arab Ahwazi are arrested and detained by regime security forces after "Aid Feter " an Islamic holly festivities.
On Aid Feter Iranian Arab from the city of Ahwaz every year as a festivities make a visit to the families of those political prisoners and those who have been killed or martyred. During this ceremonies they sing and chant slogan .  News indicates 13 days after the Aid Feter the security agents of the regime have arrested several Arab Ahwazi youth activist from the district of Malashi, Kout Abdella , Alavi district and other areas in the city of Ahwaz.
Those arrested are:
Mohammad Betrani ( his two brother ,one a poet were killed during uprising in 2005 )
Abbas Sawary
Mohammad Siyahi ( He was arrested in the past as well)
Asad Salehi a petroleum engineer
Others identity is not yet known.
Link:
http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/news.jsp?essayId=61724


   

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Two Palestinian journalists killed during Israeli attack on Gaza


Journalists Sameh Al-Aryan (left) and Ramu Rayan, who were killed in the Israeli shelling of Shojayah market. Photo release by IFJ
Two Palestinian journalists were killed in Gaza yesterday, taking the journalistic toll to eight since the Israeli bombardment began a month ago.
According to an affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS), the two journalists were killed in the artillery shelling of Shojayah market. A third journalist was seriously injured.
The two who died were Sameh Al-Aryan, 26, of Al-Aqsa TV, and photojournalist Rami Rayan, 25, who worked for the Palestinian Media Network. Photojournalist Hamed Shobaky, of Manara Media, was severely wounded in the same incident.
Ahed Zaqout, 49, a presenter on Palestine TV sport programmes, was killed in his apartment during an attack on the Italian tower in Gaza City.
Jim Boumelha, the IFJ president, said: "We express our anger and condemnation at the killing of these journalists, the latest victims in this ongoing cycle of intimidation, violence and murder against media workers in Palestine.
"We send our heartfelt sympathies to their family and friends and we offer our continued support and solidarity to our colleagues in the PJS and all media workers in Gaza as they continue to suffer through this appalling Israeli barrage.
"Enough is enough: the killing must end now and Israeli must be held accountable for these atrocities."
The IFJ is writing to Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations' secretary-general, to remind the organisation of its international obligation to protect journalists.
Source: IFJ
Link:
http://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2014/jul/31/gaza-palestinian-territories

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